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Lively, popular and crowded beach close to Los Angeles.
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“muscle beach” (623 reviews)
“people watching” (448 reviews)
“santa monica” (451 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Venice
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1 - 10 of 4,663 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Interesting place definitely but not the safest looking place, the broad walk is dominated by characters for the sixties hippy movement basically living in a shanty town of tents and shelters selling trinkets. The whole area could do with a face lift, I would not...More

Thank igedge
Reviewed yesterday

My title says it all - Venice Beach is the best thing about Los Angeles, the place is buzzing with its own unique vibe. Great for cycling, running, walking or just people watching from one of the cafes.

Thank Imo B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Venice beach is one of my top attraction in Los Angeles. Love the broad walk. Lots of colourful people and activities all around. I loved the sunset view from the pier. Overall 10 out of 10.

Thank TabraizFeham
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stayed in Marina Del Rey for our vacation. It was an easy walk to Venice beach...10-15 minutes depending on how far you want to go. Our first visit to Venice beach was on a cloudy, chilly morning. Was not impressed. We opted to travel...More

Thank Maria T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wasn't sure what I was expecting from Venice Beach but it was definitely memorable. To sum it all it's like having a rave in a toilet bowl but a surreal one at that. The smell of urine is always prominent. There are lots of homeless...More

Thank ashbobs1211
Reviewed 3 days ago

Pretty beach. It was fun to watch all the skateboarders. I am not sure I would recommend this beach to those with small children though, it just didn't seem that kid friendly.

Thank murphydarla
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited this location 5 years ago, pleased to report that it's cleaner, less homeless people begging and less weed shops. Beach was busy and clean, surf was great and the life guards manage the safety of swimmers really well.

Thank 23shents
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great for activities including skateboarding, roller skates, basketball, running and walking. Good hard bodies to watch.

Thank anagorski
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is somewhere I've been wanting to visit for a long time, having seen so often on tv and in movies. The reality is a bit of a let down. There were tacky gift shops lining the entire length it seems. Yes there were some...More

2  Thank Slim5144
Reviewed 3 days ago

The beach itself is lovely but it's let down by the rest of the area has that tired and run down feeling about it with all sorts of "characters" milling around. We took a walk along the front to Santa Monica where you get the...More

Thank newspapertaxi
Nearby
Venice
Venice has always danced to its own beat as the
epicenter of bohemian culture in Los Angeles. Along
the boardwalk there are street performers and local
craftsmen selling their wares. Original paintings,
souvenirs, and jewelry are on display. Crowds of
visitors marvel at the sites while weightlifting
enthusiasts pump iron in plain view, and skateboarders
do their tricks around the skate park. All of it
...More
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Janet F
Where do you park and rv at venice
26 February 2017|
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Response from CFNordstrom | Reviewed this property |
Thete aré parkings incl rvs to the Right of the Santa Mónica Pier and to the left in front of the Venice Beach walkway
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saysonthatsbrit
What beach is best for swimming?
7 February 2017|
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Response from vhgoudeau | Reviewed this property |
We have ocean surrounding California, so u can go out swimming as far as you can handle without getting caught in currents. Our beaches are not swimming pools. Ocean.
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Anna C
Hi, where can i park at venice beach closest to the beach, and after that in santa monica, where can i park close to the 3street and pier? Thanks
2 October 2016|
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Response from Hope Z | Reviewed this property |
If you go during the week parking at the beach parking lot is $5 bucks (it's literally on the beach) and I think we paid $20 on Saturday. There's also parking on the street heading up to the beach for $10 bucks. Sorry I... More
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